Issue 31 of Tuhinga, our research journal, is out

Wed 29 Jul 2020

Tuhinga is Te Papa’s annually published journal of scholarship and mātauranga. Number 31, which has just come out, with eight articles and 128 packed pages.

As ever, it aims to be both scholarly and accessible. Each article has been rigorously read by peer reviewers and, as sole editor Dr Mark Stocker hopes, rigorously edited! It is beautifully and comprehensively designed and illustrated too – the work of Christine Barraud.

Read Tuhinga 31

Abstract tapestry with a red kōwhai at its centre


Gordon Crook, Red kowhai, 1985, wool and cotton tapestry. Purchased 1985 with Williamson Trust Funds. Te Papa (1985-0072-1)

Tuhinga 31 is a great mixture of art and science, with one article combining the two and representing the cross-disciplinary collaboration that works so well at Te Papa.

It kicks off with Professor Richard Howells on Roger Fry’s lithographs, and then there are articles by Mark Stocker, Julia Kasper, and Phil Sirvid where all Hollar’s etched butterflies, moths, and bugs are identified, followed by a unique journey of rediscovery and reconstruction by Rose Mohi and Amber Aranui, the carved panels of Te Whare o Heretaunga.

Te Papa’s very own ‘Dr Snails’, Rodrigo Salvador, partners Salvador Breure to catalogue the ‘long-lost’ collection of Vietnamese gastropods, while Peter Stupples looks at the tapestries of Wellington artist Gordon Crook.

Professor David Bell publishes the third and final part of the so-called Heriot Collection of Japanese woodblock prints, taking us to the mid 20th century. Finally, two science articles conclude the issue: Lara Shepherd and her team asking whether plant specimens of Cook’s and Banks’s voyage contain DNA (read Tuhinga to find out!), while Rodrigo Salvador and his team present the first report of an exotic garlic snail that thrives on Takapourewa (Stephens Island).

The contribution deadline for issue 32 (2021) is 30 November 2020. Articles must relate in some way to the objects, history, heritage, and activities of Te Papa and its predecessors such as the Colonial Museum and the National Art Gallery.

If you have anything suitable for imminent or future publication, please let Mark know at or